A day after dubbing the Phillies the #25 farm system in baseball, Law ranked their top prospect #7. Keith has always raved about Crawford, and his writeup does not deviate from that. Law mentions his plus defense, his ability to make adjustments, and good swing. Crawford was often mentioned as a toolsy player out of the 2013 draft, but his feel for the game has impressed everyone, including the Phillies. Crawford is second among members of the 2013 draft class on the list (behind only Kris Bryant).
Joining Crawford in the Top 100 is 2014 #7 overall pick Aaron Nola. Nola comes in at #57, and Law gives him 70 grade command of his fastball. He only puts an above average grade on the breaking ball and changeup. Law puts his ceiling as a #3 starter with a high floor.
Missing from the list is Maikel Franco (Law’s #63 prospect a year ago). Franco had a “down” year in AAA, especially to start the season. He rebounded towards the end, earning a call up to the majors. He has been red hot in winter league. I do find the omission a bit strange, but it fits with his org ranking from yesterday.
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